Lowes bigtime layoffs full time emplo...
nw01qh

Mill Spring, NC

#325 Jan 27, 2011
happyelmo wrote:
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Disregard mgr,
Most of us here do not feel that way!
I think the employees that are left realize they are just a number after all.
Lowes has lost their heart which was their hard working devoted employees who really cared.
Don't give Lowes your blood and sweat any longer, just do your job to the best of your ability.
Don't kill yourself for lowes or put them before your family.
It is so sad to hear of loyal employees who missed important family time for years only to be put out with the trash!
I love this comment. Do an honest job, but don't fool yourself into believing you're something special because you've busted your butt for Lowe's and they'll keep you around. Keep things in perspective.
Kudos to u happyelmo
Home Depot Guy

Cairo, NY

#327 Jan 27, 2011
I do believe it's high time for Lowe's and my company to pull the union in. If you have any doubts as to wether or not the company cares for your hard work, just look at what Lowe's just did......Get the union in now
johnny

United States

#328 Jan 27, 2011
I agree with this thought. No real job security exists but its not just a Lowes thing and has been an economic reality for a few years.

Those of us that are left need to be careful to keep doing our jobs and shake this thing out of our head. It may be easy to hate Lowes but we need to do the tough thing and try hard to make the company a success. Anything less preordains our destiny and many more people will suffer.
peteyboy

United States

#329 Jan 27, 2011
No unions please. What are you guys trying to do? Kill the freakin company? Name a time in the last 20 years when adding a union has made a company stronger? Remember we want a stronger company so we have jobs. I am not interested in raping them just so some union exec can put my money in his pocket while pretending he is helping me. Think big picture..unions will cause job loss, keep any innovation from happening, reward crappy performance and basically bite the hand that feeds us.
Specialist

Sonora, CA

#330 Jan 27, 2011
itsallgoodtoday wrote:
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I'm in the same geographical area you are - YOU'D BETTER BE WORRIED - EXTREMELY WORRIED!!! Sales Specialists are on the radar big time!!! If you don't produce your numbers, you'll be gone. Remember, there are no more excuses!
Sorry itsallgoodtoday, I'm not worried at all. I have had in my head since day one, this is a corporation and not my company. I was a general contractor for years before getting this job. Corporations are all the same, they don't know us working people at all. If you thought they did you were fooling yourself. It's just a job, treat it that way and move on. No one cares about you but you. Don't go to work tomorrow thinking lowes is your family, the dm's and up only think about their own families. You are just a number. Goto work do your best and go home to the people that love and care about you. It's just a JOB!! Not a career!!! God bless

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#331 Jan 27, 2011
Specialist wrote:
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Sorry itsallgoodtoday, I'm not worried at all. I have had in my head since day one, this is a corporation and not my company. I was a general contractor for years before getting this job. Corporations are all the same, they don't know us working people at all. If you thought they did you were fooling yourself. It's just a job, treat it that way and move on. No one cares about you but you. Don't go to work tomorrow thinking lowes is your family, the dm's and up only think about their own families. You are just a number. Goto work do your best and go home to the people that love and care about you. It's just a JOB!! Not a career!!! God bless
I admire your philosophy in the matter. I never once was naive enough to believe that Lowe's cared about me as a person, with an an effective Store Manager who ensured that I understood that at all times. It was the best thing he ever did for me as it made my being let go that much easier to take.

I'm merely pointing out (perhaps in different verbage) that the next round of cuts (should there be any) will be directed at the Sales Specialists who just aren't cutting it. Whatever happens, I wish you well.

I'm not gonna speak ill of the DM's in your area, so I will just wish them well and hope for the sake of all that they make the right decisions so that the company doesn't have to worry about layoffs, restructuring, or "trimming the fat".
zonezonezone

United States

#332 Jan 27, 2011
Just an FYI...there are cuts at the home office as well, but I will admit that I don't know how deep they go. For example, internal audit was cut...one auditor in stores a few weeks ago mentioned that it would be the last audit performed, not just for him but for the department. Not a bad move, Regional Ops basically takes care of that now, so why be redundant.

Noone has mentioned here that in-store delivery is being scrapped. Again, a sad loss of people but a great move for the company.

I suspect that we will know more about the big picture on next weeks mandatory ops talk. And, yes, I know they will be feeding us the company line, but it should clear up some of the speculation that is fueling wild-ass rumours.

I wonder if the cuts were somehow related to time in position rather than time with the company. Not that I agree with that, but I am still trying to figure out the criteria.
Former Zone

Denver, CO

#333 Jan 27, 2011
Lowes has put a great plan in place to keepout the union. They are the union. Think about it. You can have an employee who is late, insubordinate, abusive to management, and unfreindly to coworkers and customers. But if a Zone or above addresses the issues HR comes down on the manager. Corporate wants the employees to believe they are being looked out for Just like the union would.

The so called cost savings came at the expense of management, not the employee/worker.
still standing

United States

#334 Jan 27, 2011
itsallgoodtoday wrote:
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I admire your philosophy in the matter. I never once was naive enough to believe that Lowe's cared about me as a person, with an an effective Store Manager who ensured that I understood that at all times. It was the best thing he ever did for me as it made my being let go that much easier to take.
I'm merely pointing out (perhaps in different verbage) that the next round of cuts (should there be any) will be directed at the Sales Specialists who just aren't cutting it. Whatever happens, I wish you well.
I'm not gonna speak ill of the DM's in your area, so I will just wish them well and hope for the sake of all that they make the right decisions so that the company doesn't have to worry about layoffs, restructuring, or "trimming the fat".
Well, the first move (and it was definitely a good one) was to make the specialists report to their department managers and not to a sales manager. This was WAY overdue. And as long as they keep the ones that are performing, scrapping the ones who do not produce numbers would be a positive move. After all, this is a sales position. That's the way it is any any sales job - you need to sell to keep working. Many times a specialist just warms a chair rather than actively engaging and selling (not clerking). For the top producers, I hope that we do not eiliminate spiffs, etc. That would just demotivate and, after all, that money comes from vendors, not Lowe's.

I would hope that they don't decide to pocket spiffs like HD does. Sure it helps the bottom line, but the top producing, professional sales people would leave. A good salesman can find work.
so cal

Desert Hot Springs, CA

#335 Jan 28, 2011
so who's next?
Lowes survivor

New Orleans, LA

#336 Jan 28, 2011
Full timer wrote:
I work full time at Lowes and I don't see where anyone mentioned that they were hiring 8,000+ employees for weekend work. Thats over 4 x the people that are being laid off.
I can say that I think this is a good move.
I do feel bad for those losing jobs on a personal level, but on a business level I think this will help our stores to have better coverage on weekends.
The people let go that I know of were the right choices.
As consumers ourselves we are always looking for the biggest bang for our buck and what is going to be the better investment.
Why can't a company do the same thing.
Well, you could be right. I disagree based on my own experience. I switched from Home Depot mgmt to Lowe's sales specialist with commissions when I lived in Atlanta. I worked hard , helped open a store but got frustrated . I moved to New Orleans right after Katrina and was a sales specialist in flooring then appliances. the store I worked for would not pay any moving/transfer costs. the store mgr in Atlanta did everything he could to block my transfer. ALL the mgmt in the New Orleans were openly hostile about the commissions the sales specialists were making. The appliance spiffs came from the manufacturers and helped turn Lowe's into the 2nd largest appliance seller in a short time. I can't say how it is now but the customer service in our dept was great due to the extra money. Lowes started laying people off as soon as they could. They brought in a hatchet man as store manager and the write ups started immediately. My feeling is they got everyone on final warning status asap. I got written up for being 5 minutes late once. I had a $40K base salary and was a big target for lowering costs. I finally got fired a week after receiving an ink pen for 5 years of service. I feel sad for the mgrs who bought into the " you'll be a store mgr one day but you have to work 80 hr weeks for 10 years to get there ". A high percentage of Lowes mgrs I knew were divorced. My guess is that CSAs and sales specialists are next. I saw the same thing happen at Home Depot . I think Lowes wants to have high employee turnover to keep wages down. Lowes used the recession as a excuse to cut more people and frighten the ones left to do the work of 3 people. Boy, do I remember the days of coming to work, being told to downstock the overhead , cover your dept. and walk customers all over the store if they asked. Lowes is only hurting itself in the long run. People aren't going to want to work there if they have to live in fear of layoffs. Circuit City did the same thing. Speaking only for myself, it's great to be free of fear of mgrs and that terrible 'corporate schedule'- one weekend off per month. I used to dread going to work. I do think the favored mgrs were the zombies who would work 100 hours a week if asked. The people making these decisions get big bonuses for doing so and ruin the company . There is life after Lowes, recession or not. I have a normal life now with weekends off. I wish everyone the best but I would be looking for another job.
answer man

Forest, VA

#337 Jan 28, 2011
Latino wrote:
Is it possible only minorities got fired?...research...
There goes the socialdemocraticleftists always look to blame someone and get a lawsuit going.
The answer is no. Do your own research.
Layed Off

Clifton Park, NY

#338 Jan 28, 2011
theonetheonly80 wrote:
I am out on FMLA until the 10th, and all the other zones were told they were staying and assigned new areas, my ops got my area. So I am positive I will be terminated as well as soon as I return. I hear alot of people here saying they felt forced to take the severance package.. What was the other option? Unemployment?
You have 90 days from the 25th to review, sign and mail the severance. You can also collect unemployment along with it. The only real reason not to accept the severence is if you intend on going after Lowe's legally. Which will most likely be a very long drawn out process
youre misinformed

Talladega, AL

#339 Jan 28, 2011
I don't support what happened, but I really love the comments people make saying they'll go shop at Depot instead. Did you know they've laid off over 8000 people in the last two years?
happyelmo

Springdale, AR

#340 Jan 28, 2011
youre misinformed wrote:
I don't support what happened, but I really love the comments people make saying they'll go shop at Depot instead. Did you know they've laid off over 8000 people in the last two years?
If you know Home Depot employees you know the treatment they get is just as bad. Support your local small businesses. Maybe Lowes and Home Depot will realize they cannot treat their employees so bad and when they start losing business to the small scale stores who care about their employees they may realize their biggest asset is their 'employees'.
I would rather pay more to support the stores that care about their employees!
happyelmo

Springdale, AR

#341 Jan 28, 2011
william garner wrote:
this is a test
What kind of test?
Do I need a #2 pencil?
Just a little humor to lighten things up!
happyelmo

Springdale, AR

#342 Jan 28, 2011
WOW wrote:
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Did you know what you were doing when you started working for Lowe's? Whoever hired you must of thought you could learn and be productive. I am sure the people hired to provide coverage over the weekends will experience growing pains but once they are up to speed they will be great contributors to the stores overall performance.
I think you are wrong, it will only be an hourly wage job.
They won't care about Lowes reputation.
There is basically no place to be promoted to and with what they will hear about Corporate and how they treat the employees they will know it is only a job, not a carreer.
They will know they are so easily replaceable so will not invest time or energy to make the store better.
Asm

United States

#343 Jan 28, 2011
I went from sales mgr to zone 3. My friend, our admin. was let go. It was a business decision and nothing more. Yes, there is greed involved but that's what business is. You have to be as profitable as you can. I don't do this to be a ASM though. I do this to become a store mgr and make really good money. Larry and Robert, if you are reading this I do have to say that Im greedy too and that's why I work as much as I do. I work as hard as I do so that I might one day provide a comfortable life for my family. I have to say that it doesn't look like much of a prize anymore.
Lowes

United States

#344 Jan 28, 2011
No but they sure as hell can still have a meeting in Vegas for a week that's why they all got laid off
No Mo

AOL

#345 Jan 28, 2011
johnny wrote:
I agree with this thought. No real job security exists but its not just a Lowes thing and has been an economic reality for a few years.
Those of us that are left need to be careful to keep doing our jobs and shake this thing out of our head. It may be easy to hate Lowes but we need to do the tough thing and try hard to make the company a success. Anything less preordains our destiny and many more people will suffer.
You don't seem to realize that no matter what you may do to make the company successful, They will get rid of you, and not care what you did.

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